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Ring Road Update

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In April 2014, I brought forth a Notice of Motion calling for an Administrative review of West and Southwest Ring Road Impacts & Funding. The review was presented by City Administration to the Transportation and Transit Standing Policy Committee on November 18, 2015 and was brought to Council on December 7, 2015. This report detailed Ring Road Connections, Downstream Traffic Impacts Analysis Results, and Sarcee Trail Scenarios and Analysis. For all of these details, please view Item 12.2.1 for the cover report and supporting materials.

Administration provided three recommendations for Council’s review for Sarcee Trail SW as a consequence of a Provincial Government announcement of a delay of the West Calgary Ring Road (WCRR). Southwest Calgary Ring Road (SWCRR) traffic would proceed onto Sarcee Trail SW which is anticipated to increase traffic by 10-25% without the WCRR in place. City Administration signaled there is sufficient feasibility and cost estimate information to include an interchange at Bow Trail and Sarcee Trail as a candidate project for the next update to Investing in Mobility, scheduled for 2018, in coordination with the next Action Plan update.

At the December 7th Council Meeting, I directed City Administration to provide an update to the functional planning study for an interchange at Bow Trail and Sarcee Trail, which is anticipated to begin in 2018. This study must be updated to ensure consistency with the road designations of Bow Trail (Arterial Street) and Sarcee Trail (Skeletal Road), removal of a potential Shaganappi Trail river crossing, and appropriate consideration of area context, all in keeping with the policy direction from the 2009 Calgary Transportation Plan.

These recommendations are dependent on timing of the WCRR and if it does not proceed prior to the completion of the SWCRR. The Province has signaled that once the costs for the SWCRR are established, the Alberta Government might be better able to address timing of the WCRR. If the Province were to identify a desire to provide funding for improvements to Sarcee Trail, the City would evaluate opportunities to accelerate the timing of this work. Presently, the timing of the WCRR is critical in defining the need for investment in Sarcee Trail.


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